News to Know: Ottawa Co. jail inmates riot, Parsons bomb suspect charged, and Kansas abortion vote affirmed

MIAMI, Okla. – There were reports of a disturbance inside the Ottawa County Jail on Monday evening. Authorities say three pods were involved in a disturbance which began as inmates were upset about an interruption of phone service, which occurred due to technical difficulties. Authorities dismissed several supporting police agencies, but they were called back after inmates set a trash can on fire. The fire was put out safely. Click here for more details as this story develops.

PARSONS, Kan. – Authorities charge a suspect for a bomb explosion in a dumpster in Parsons, Kansas last week. Officials charged 63-year-old James Sutton with arson and criminal use of explosives among other charges. The explosion happened around 4:55 am last Monday morning in a dumpster in a parking lot outside the Labette County Judicial Center. There were no reports of injuries. If you’d like to read more about this story, click here.

TOPEKA, Kan. – The decisive statewide Kansas vote in favor of abortion rights has been affirmed through a partial hand-recount. Nine of the state’s 105 counties, including Crawford County, conducted the recount. Voters on August 2nd rejected a ballot measure that would have removed protections for abortion rights from the Kansas constitution and given the legislature the authority to further restrict or ban abortion. It failed by 165-thousand votes statewide. After the recount, the side that supported the measure gained six votes and those opposed to it lost 87 votes. Click here if you’d like to read more about this story.

MONETT, Mo. – The city of Monett, Missouri said some residents can expect to see some unusually high prices from July. They say it’s due to a combination of extremely hot weather and very high market prices affecting the power cost adjustment. The August power cost adjustment for the next bill will be about 40-percent lower than the current bill, which means customers can get a credit back. Customers can help by raising their thermostats during the day, especially in the 1:00-6:00pm time period as that’s the highest priced market power. If you’d like to read more about this story, click here.

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